Apr 15 2014

Release Day for BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS

blood always tells cvrThere’s nothing like book release day. It’s like a having a birthday, Christmas, and Cinco de Mayo all rolled up into one. Today, BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS is released into the world (well, the US and Canada) by Tor/Forge Books. I couldn’t be more excited about the reception the book is getting. A few of the greatest hits:

RT Book Reviews: ***Selected as a Top Pick*** “Davidson has penned an outstanding novel that entertains with its carefully plotted tale of kidnapping, murder and duplicity. Impressive from the outset, the surprises continue throughout until the clincher at the end. Her talent for character development shines.”

Criminal Element: “Blood Always Tells is a story about power and powerlessness, about selfishness and selflessness, about desperate people doing desperate things. Underneath it all, though, it’s also a meditation on fate and free will, on nature and nurture, and on whether it’s possible to overcome genetics and circumstance.”

The Globe & Mail: “This is her best mystery yet.”

iBooks: Selected Blood Always Tells as one of the 20 Best Books of April

Quill & Quire: “As the stakes of the novel change, Davidson shifts the point of view, pairing the reader with the character who has the most to learn, the most to gain, or the most to lose… With its many curves and revelations, Blood Always Tells manages to surprise as well as thrill. ”

MysteryPeople: “This could be the Gone Girl of 2014.” (Selected as the Mystery Pick of the Month at Austin’s BookPeople)

Publishers Weekly: “[A] riveting standalone from Anthony Award–winner Davidson.”

Crimespree Magazine: “This is her finest work to date. The devilishly good plot twists will keep you guessing—just when you think you’ve got it worked out, Davidson zings you from another direction.”

Dead End Follies: “It’s a book that takes chances and covers a spectacular emotional range… [it] is Davidson at her boldest, craftiest, most mature and most twisted.”

The launch party is tomorrow night at NYC’s Mysterious Bookshop. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come! Or else catch me on tour.

Read the reviews. Read an excerpt. Buy the book.

 

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Apr 14 2014

Opening Up About Surviving an Arson

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I have an essay in today’s Globe & Mail: “When Fire Consumed My Workplace My Illusions About Safety Were Reduced to Ashes.” In it, I talk about how surviving an arson changed my life in ways I never could’ve anticipated. It’s a tough, painful subject, but I hope you’ll find it worth reading.

 

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Apr 13 2014

BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS is One of the 20 Best Books of April!

iTunes_2My day — quite possibly my month — has been made by iBooks, which has named BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS as one of the 20 Best Books of April. iBooks also has a free eleven-chapter download of the book. Start reading it now, before it’s published on Tuesday!

The latest reviews have been incredible. Here are a few of my favorites:

“Blood Always Tells is a story about power and powerlessness, about selfishness and selflessness, about desperate people doing desperate things. Underneath it all, though, it’s also a meditation on fate and free will, on nature and nurture, and on whether it’s possible to overcome genetics and circumstance.” — Katrina Niidas Holm, Criminal Element

“As the stakes of the novel change, Davidson shifts the point of view, pairing the reader with the character who has the most to learn, the most to gain, or the most to lose… With its many curves and revelations, Blood Always Tells manages to surprise as well as thrill. Even the most minor-seeming detail pays off. In the dedication, Davidson writes, “If you’re going to sin, sin big.” The sin for the reader would be missing out on this well-crafted mystery.” — Quill & Quire

“This is her best mystery yet.” — The Globe & Mail

“Desmond shines through as a bright light what could have potentially been a dark and chilling storyline… Characters like this are a characteristic of Davidson’s writing; in each she takes you on a wild journey, introducing you to the worst members of society with that one character that serves as a ray of hope amidst all the chaos and depravity.” — Jenn’s Bookshelves

Order the book now.

 

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Apr 8 2014

One More Week!

blood always tells cvr“Yes, Blood Always Tells is a story about power and powerlessness, about selfishness and selflessness, about desperate people doing desperate things. Underneath it all, though, it’s also a meditation on fate and free will, on nature and nurture, and on whether it’s possible to overcome genetics and circumstance.” — Katrina Niidas Holm, Criminal Element

BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS will be out from Tor/Forge a week from today and I couldn’t be more excited. Don’t get me wrong, I’m also on tenterhooks, more nervous than I’ve been about any book since THE DAMAGE DONE, my debut novel. BLOOD is my first standalone, so there are no familiar characters and relationships and rhythms to fall back on. This book lives or dies on its own.

I’m grateful for all of the support I’ve had with this book so far (there’s been a lot). I’m also excited about the critical reception the book is getting. Some of the latest reviews:

“Davidson has penned an outstanding novel that entertains with its carefully plotted tale of kidnapping, murder and duplicity. Impressive from the outset, the surprises continue throughout until the clincher at the end. Her talent for character development shines.” — RT Book Reviews, Selected as a Top Pick

“Blood Always Tells is the first post-Lily Moore novel for Hilary Davidson and it is a striking success. It’s a book that takes chances and covers a spectacular emotional range… [it] is Davidson at her boldest, craftiest, most mature and most twisted.” — Benoît Lelièvre, Dead End Follies

“As the stakes of the novel change, Davidson shifts the point of view, pairing the reader with the character who has the most to learn, the most to gain, or the most to lose… With its many curves and revelations, Blood Always Tells manages to surprise as well as thrill. Even the most minor-seeming detail pays off. In the dedication, Davidson writes, “If you’re going to sin, sin big.” The sin for the reader would be missing out on this well-crafted mystery.” — Quill & Quire

“This is her best mystery yet.” — Margaret Cannon, The Globe & Mail

If you’re curious about BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS, check out these links:

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Mar 25 2014

Exclusive Excerpt on iBooks

blood always tells cvrThree weeks from today is launch day for BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS. If you’re curious about my first standalone novel — and I really, really hope you are — you can download a free eleven-chapter excerpt from iBooks right now. You read that right: not eleven pages, but eleven chapters. At that point, I’m hoping you’ll be hooked and putting the book down won’t be an option! (Remember, if you pre-order the book on iBooks or elsewhere, you’ll be entered in the pre-order contest. Details here.)

In other news, I’m thrilled to say that BLOOD’s latest rave review is from Quill & Quire:

The many intersecting plot threads involving a family fortune, a missing child, and multiple secrets could easily have become a tangled mess. Fortunately, Davidson knows how to handle a complicated story and also keep her reader turning the pages. Motivation, history, and plot twists are meted out in the novel’s short, punchy chapters, building suspense and escalating the thrills quickly but logically. As the stakes of the novel change, Davidson shifts the point of view, pairing the reader with the character who has the most to learn, the most to gain, or the most to lose… With its many curves and revelations, Blood Always Tells manages to surprise as well as thrill. Even the most minor-seeming detail pays off. In the dedication, Davidson writes, “If you’re going to sin, sin big.” The sin for the reader would be missing out on this well-crafted mystery.

I’m linking to the full review because Q&Q manages to write in great depth about the novel without giving away spoilers. That isn’t easy with a book this twisted!

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Mar 11 2014

EVIL Gets a Paperback… & a Playlist!

Evil-in-All-its-DisguisesThe third novel in the Lily Moore series, EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES, is out in paperback today from Tor/Forge. To celebrate, I’ve created a musical playlist for the book in iTunes. It features the music that I had playing in the back of my mind while I wrote certain scenes of the book, and a few of the artists, such as Madeleine Peyroux, are explicitly mentioned in its pages. Several of the songs are by Mexican artists, including Rodrigo y Gabriela, Yuridia, and Pepe Aguilar, which seems only fitting since so much of the action takes place in Acapulco. Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman are longtime favorites of Lily’s. And since I’m a Hitchcock fan, I’ve borrowed parts of Bernard Hermann’s score for Vertigo. (If Hitchcock were alive today, he’d be asking Christen Lien to score his films, so a couple of her works are on the playlist, too.)

For anyone who doesn’t use iTunes but wants the track titles, here they are:

  1. Come fly With Me — Frank Sinatra
  2. Acapulco — Tito Puente and His Orchestra
  3. Me Olvidaras — Yuridia
  4. Hanuman — Rodrigo y Gabriela
  5. Damn the Circumstances —  Madeleine Peyroux
  6. The Beach — Bernard Hermann
  7. Helixa — Christen Lien
  8. (I Offer You the Moon) Señorita — Frank Sinatra
  9. Me Vas a Extrañar — Pepe Aguilar
  10. Bad Intentions — Digital Daggers
  11. Someone to Trust — Bear McCreary
  12. The Nightmare and Dawn — Bernard Hermann
  13. 15 Aftermaths — Christen Lien
  14. Now I Know — Cowboy Junkies
  15. Santo Domingo — Rodrigo y Gabriela
  16. Here’s Love in Your Eyes — Benny Goodman

Want to explore more of EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES? Check out the book’s Pinterest board. Hear me talk about the real-life story that inspired the book (my thanks to Crimespree‘s Jon Jordan for recording this at Mystery One in Milwaukee). Read the reviews. And, if you haven’t already, buy the book; it’s available from independent bookstores (here are a few I recommend) Macmillan, IndieBound, Indigo/Chapters, iBooks, Kobo, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Powell’s.

Also, heartfelt thanks to everyone who bought the hardcover. Without you, there wouldn’t be a paperback!

 

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Feb 13 2014

Suspense Magazine Reviews Blood Always Tells

blood always tells cvrOn Facebook the other day, BookPeople’s Scott Montgomery mused that his one difficulty with BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS is how to review the book without giving away too many spoilers. I understand where he’s coming from: BLOOD is a thriller with a crazy number of twists, turns, and reversals that will (I hope) leave readers reeling.

Suspense Magazine has given BLOOD a rave review. There is one key spoiler in it (which I don’t fault them for at all — it’s a lengthy review, and I’m grateful they kept the novel’s most important secrets under wraps), so I’m only going to quote a small part of the review here:

Dominique Monaghan is a supermodel who is, shall we say, a little past her prime. She has decided to get even with her ex-boyfriend, Gary Cowan, for stringing her along and playing a game she’s just figured out. For one thing, he is married. A boxer who is also past his prime, Gary is in a marriage with a very spoiled socialite who’s more than a little dangerous. The supermodel, of course, is a bit dangerous too… This is a fantastic mystery of love, criminals, and a family that is more weird than any other in literature. With extremely well-written characters and a fabulous plot, mysteries just don’t get better than this!

I’m grateful for the review, and for the author’s care in keeping secrets. Thanks, Suspense Magazine!

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Feb 3 2014

Library Journal Reviews Blood Always Tells!

blood always tells cvrI’m always on tenterhooks before reviews of a new book start coming in. That’s been doubly true for BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS, since it’s my first stand-alone novel. But Library Journal has just published its review and I couldn’t be more delighted. An excerpt:

In her new stand-alone thriller, Davidson (Evil in All Its Disguises) introduces the reader to a cast of troubled, double-crossing characters who end up entangled in a dangerous game… you can’t help turning the pages in anticipation of yet another twist or turn. VERDICT Recommended for mystery fans who appreciate quirky tales of revenge and family drama.

Writing a stand-alone felt like a risk in a lot of ways, especially since my Lily Moore books have been so warmly received. It means a lot to get a review like this from Library Journal!

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Jan 6 2014

Pre-Order Contest for Blood Always Tells!

blood always tells cvrThe countdown has started: we’re just 14 weeks from the launch of BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS. I’m always excited to have a new book coming out, but in this case, that’s doubly true, because BLOOD is my first stand-alone novel. My earlier three books are part of a series, and I know many readers have a close relationship with Lily Moore, Jesse Robb, and the world they inhabit. BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS introduces an entirely new cast of characters, and it’s my hope that readers will be fully drawn into their world. I’m thrilled to say that some of my favorite writers are saying terrific things about the book:

“Blood Always Tells gives us a tale of revenge and redemption that keeps the reader guessing until the last page” — Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Missing You

“A terrific thriller with enough twists and shocks to keep you on the edge of your seat, not to mention a touch of wicked humour when you least expect it!” — Peter Robinson, award-winning author of Children of the Revolution (DCI Banks series) 

“Readers may think they know where Hilary Davidson is going with Blood Always Tells, but they’ll be wrong time and again.  Davidson writes thrillers by her own set of rules and the result is a terrific, highly original read.” — Gar Anthony Haywood, author of the Shamus Award-winning Aaron Gunner mystery series

“Intense and suspenseful, with a surprise around every corner. This tangled-web thriller of a family gone wrong, darkly noir and relentlessly sinister, is the definition of page-turner!” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author

And so… welcome to the pre-order contest for BLOOD!

Pre-orders are incredibly important in the publishing business. For starters, they influence the size of of a book’s print run. They can also affect a bookseller’s willingness to stock a book in-store, rather than only making it available by special order. They count toward a book’s first-week sales, which is a very big deal. When you pre-order a book, you’re doing an author a big favor. So, this contest is also my way of saying thank you. Now, without further ado, the prizes!

  • Everyone who pre-orders the book will receive an electronic copy of my short-story collection, THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB: NINE TALES OF OBSESSION AND MURDER. Yes, everyone. I told you I wanted to say thanks! If you have an eReader, I’ll send an ePub file; if not, I’ll send a PDF.
  • Three lucky people will each win a one-year subscription to one of my favorite magazines: Crimespree MagazineMystery Scene, or Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. (If you subscribe already — as well you should — your current subscription will be extended by a year.)
  • One grand prize winner will win a character name in my next novel. I can’t promise whether your namesake will be good or evil, but you will be immortalized in print.

The last time I hosted a pre-order contest, the lovely Sabrina Ogden won the grand prize, and her namesake character appears in BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS. Is she a heroine or villain? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

The fine print:

  • You can pre-order BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS anywhere they sell books. It doesn’t matter if it’s ordered from a brick-and-mortar store (here’s a list of some great ones) or online. Want some pre-order links?
  • Hardcovers and eBooks both count.
  • Email a copy/scan/photo of your receipt to preorder AT hilarydavidson DOT com. Be sure to include your mailing address.
  • If you pre-order more than one copy of the book, let me know — not only will you have my undying gratitude, but you’ll get a contest entry for each copy you pre-order.
  • Let me know if you’d prefer a PDF or ePub version of THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB. If you’ve already got your own copy of the book, you can designate another recipient for your gift copy.
  • To be eligible to win a magazine subscription or the grand prize, you must have a mailing address in the US or Canada. But no matter where you live, you’ll get an electronic copy of THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB.
  • The grand prize winner will need to sign a standard release form allowing me to use his or her name in a work of fiction.
  • The contest will run from January 7th until April 13th, 2014. Winners will be selected in a random draw.

BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS will be released on April 15, 2014, in the US and Canada. Stay tuned for news about the tour. In the meantime, let me just saya heartfelt thank you for all of your support.

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Dec 10 2013

Now in Print: The Black Widow Club

The_Black_Widow_ClubSometimes things take a little longer than planned. Back in August, after the launch of the eBook edition of my short-story collection, THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB, I planned to release a print edition. But when I started the process, I discovered that the layout I’d used in the eBook needed a number of changes. For example, since many readers don’t go through a short-story collection in order, that meant the spoilery final page of one story directly faced the opening page of another story. It wasn’t an issue with the eBook, for obvious reasons, but with print, it posed problems. And don’t get me started on the difficulty of designing a cover. Graphic designers already had my respect, but now I admire them even more.

I’m thrilled to say that the print version of THE BLACK WIDOW CLUB is finally available via Create Space. It’s priced at $9.99, but Amazon is already discounting it, so the price at the moment is $8.99. I hope you’ll enjoy it. And since the holiday season is here, I hope you’ll consider the collection as a gift for the naughty. It’s a great alternative to a lump of coal!

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